The top 14 hidden features in Windows, iOS, and Android

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By Christopher Null, PC World | August 21st, 2014 Betcha don’t know all these nifty tricks and time-saving tips to boost your productivity. You may think you’re a high-tech power user who knows all the nooks and crannies of Windows, iOS, and Android, but let’s be realistic: There could be at least a few undocumented…

Researchers build security framework for Android

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 21st, 2014 University researchers have modified the Android operating system to let developers plug in enterprise-class security enhancements that would normally require overhauling a mobile device’s firmware. The code added to the OS is called the Android Security Modules (ASM) framework, which is described in a paper from security…

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

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By Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 Large-screen iPhones could pose a threat to Google’s dominance, said Strategy Analytics. Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.…

Android users warned of critical vulnerability

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | July 30th, 2014 A critical vulnerability affecting millions of Android devices could let a hacker take control of a smartphone or insert malicious code in another app, security researchers say. Called Fake ID, the vulnerability was discovered by researchers at vendor Bluebox Security, which worked with Google on a patch…

A new tool for disasters: The personal antenna

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By Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld | July 25th, 2014 Communications are independent of cellular networks. A New York start-up, goTenna, has created a portable antenna that may just save the day when cellular service is unavailable. The portable antenna connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth Low Energy connection. Users with an app on either iOS…

Low-cost Android tablets to get 4K video with Allwinner 64-bit chip

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 23rd, 2014 Starting next year, tablets with Allwinner’s new chip could sell for $250, analyst says/ Low-cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could be around the corner, thanks to Allwinner’s plan to ship its first 64-bit ARM processor by year end. Allwinner…